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Least expensive (safe) transportation from San Jose to MA

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Least expensive (safe) transportation from San Jose to MA

What is the least expensive way to get from San Jose to Manuel Antonio area without renting a car?

Is Interbus the least expensive $117 per person each way?

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1. Re: Least expensive (safe) transportation from San Jose to MA

His Bosshard,

Not sure where you are getting the price of $117 per person for Interbus. The prices for the shared shuttles - Interbus, Grayline etc. is $39 per person. Flying is under $60 per person and you can sometimes get a cheaper Locos Fare on Natureair.

Even a private driver is less expensive than $117 per person if there are 2 or more of you.

The cheapest way is the public bus - which is about $7.00 per person - plus the cab fare to the Coca Cola bus station. I take the bus all the time and find it convenient and safe. However, not all will agree and I will say that it is not for everyone - depending on your expectations and comfort zone.


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2. Re: Least expensive (safe) transportation from San Jose to MA

Apart from public bus, Interbus is cheapest(and much quicker!) Rate should be around $40 per person each way.

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My friend Ivan will drive you there for $125.00 for two people...$117.00 is way to much per person...$39.00 is about correct!

Just buckle up and enjoy the ride in PARADISE!

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4. Re: Least expensive (safe) transportation from San Jose to MA

I'm guessing that $117 may actually be the quote for your whole group. By chance, are there 3 adults in your group?

The costs of the different ways to get there are as follows:

Nature Air $54/pp (including tax IF you can get the often hard to get "loco" fare) to $80/pp (incl. tax, if they only have the "elite" fares left). Of course that doesn't include taxi fare to their airport in Pavas or from the airport in Quepos into town.

Sansa only has a $75/pp fare (incl. tax), but they have more daily flights and if you arrive in CR early enough and plan to go directly to MA, you might be able to catch a flight directly from their terminal next door to SJO, saving some taxi money and time.

That $125 is a reasonable rate for private driver for a GROUP. I assumed above that there were 3 people in your group. Luis said Ivan's rate was for TWO people but I'm also guessing that should also include a 3rd person (subject to space in the car). For larger groups, you might need to get a driver with a van, which will cost a little more for your group, but the average price per person will also be proportionally less. Depending on how many travelers are actually in your group to split the cost and what sort of airfare you'd otherwise get, you might save some $ going with a private driver, but it will also take you much longer to drive than to fly (3-4 hours vs. 30 minutes plus wait time). OTOH, private driver service will also be from hotel to hotel (so you'll save a little on local cabfare) and should include stops for taking in the sights or stopping for snacks along the way and can leave whenever you want, so there are many factors to consider besides price.

As for the group tourist shuttles, they also take you door to door but because you share the ride with others only leave at fixed times and have much less flexibility for sightseeing along the way.

Interbus IS $39/pp but if you book thru www.shuttlebus.co.cr you can book the same shuttle for $37.05/pp. Grayline is actually a little cheaper still at just $35/pp and has similar departure times.

The public bus is by far the least expensive way to go even with local cab fare to the bus terminal in SJ (unlike the local airport the bus station in Quepos is in the center of town). The fare is actually less than $6/pp. It is actually surprisingly fast and efficient and reasonably comfortable compared to any other way of driving to Quepos. However, as others have said, it is not for everyone, particularly those not accustomed to that style of travel.

The only other method of traveling to Quepos/MA that was not mentioned is rental car. Depending on which vehicle you get and what time of year you go, that could cost you as little as ~$30 per day (plus gas plus extra insurance if your cc doesn't already cover it). There are many other pros and cons to this mode of travel, which I won't go into here, however probably the most relevant one for you may be the fact that it isn't normally a way to go for just one day, particularly if you're ending at a different place from where you start. However, if you think your own car might be something you'd like to have for multiple days and traveling to other places besides just to MA, then it might be something you'd want to look into.

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5. Re: Least expensive (safe) transportation from San Jose to MA

We used Grayline's 1 week pass, $115 for unlimited travel. If you're only going to MA from SJ then just get their 1 way fare of $35 PP. They pick you up at your hotel and drop you off at your hotel at the distant end. They were terrific.

Only the public bus is cheaper.

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